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Since 2010, River Valley High School has been organising leadership seminars to equip its students with the competencies that are essential for the 21st century. Over the years, the school’s leadership programme has attracted both local and overseas student participants.

The Y.LEAD Seminar is a week-long event comprising a 15-Hour Challenge, Panel Discussions and several learning journeys, designed to facilitate experiential learning. At the same time, it is a platform for teenagers (of ages 15 to 17) from various schools in Singapore and different parts of the world, to acquire a heightened awareness of global social challenges, a values-based understanding of the role of leaders and a useful set of leadership skills.

LEVERAGE

To be able to identify strengths and weaknesses as the fulcrums of change. Leaders have to understand the fundamentals of human psychology and accept that while members of a team could have different personalities and preferences, they could also offer complementary skills that must be tapped. The ability to influence our peers so as to build cohesive teams is also important to utilise a multiplier effect for the team’s capability.

EDUCATE

To value learning and to see it as a continual process for leaders and the team. Leaders should see that to address shortcomings and to extend the capabilities of the team, there are skills that can be acquired through training. Leaders should also see that they need to be open to learning from experiences through reflective practice. The importance of educating oneself as preparation for any task is also highlighted so that projects are undertaken with the knowledge gleaned from past success or failures.

ACTUATE

To transform planning and thought into action, carrying out the project to create change. Leaders have to learn how to systematically manage the process and deal with the ad-hoc challenges that crop up unexpectedly. The ability to construct a timeline and design the workflow should also be present in leaders.

DEVELOP

To grow, groom and produce other leaders as part of their vision of leadership. Leaders have to take on the responsibility of identifying suitable candidates as future leaders so that the continuity of the team is assured. Ultimately, good leaders serve to inspire future leaders to take up the responsibility of guiding, caring and developing the next generation of leaders.

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